THE daughter of a dairy farmer and a former relief milker in the State’s south west, new owner of Kelly’s Bakery in Korumburra, Michelle Beggs, is well aware of the dire straits many Australian farmers are in at the moment.

While the hills around Korumburra are rolling green and there are good prospects for at least an average season locally, most of eastern Australia is feeling the pinch of the worst drought on record.

So, it was a no-brainer, on taking over the iconic business in Korumburra, that Michelle would want to do something for the farmers – and a ‘Pie for the Dry’ was born.

“I must say from the outset the idea, to run a pie-based fundraiser for the farmers, came from one of our bakers, David King, but I think it’s a great idea,” said Michelle, in only her third day of official ownership this week.

“This Sunday, September 2, the entire value of any plain pie purchased, the full $4.20, will go to Drought Angles for drought relief. And we’re offering cinnamon doughnuts as well, normally selling for $1 each but we hope to sell them by the boxfull on the day.”

This Sunday, September 3 is ‘Pie for the Dry’ day and being ‘Fathers’ Day’ as well, what better way to treat your dad than with a pie at Kelly’s Bakery with all proceeds going to ‘Drought Angles – Supporting Our Aussie Farmers’.

Kelly’s Bakery is located at 16-22 Commercial Street, Korumburra with the bakery and café open from 6.30am to 4.30pm.

“We’ve been able to do it because of the support we’ve received from local business. Korumburra Meats have supplied the meat, Ute Raabe designed the posters and Korumburra Newsagency printed them, Mauri ANZ donated the flour, 3mFM Radio has promoted it and a number of others have helped, see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kellysbakerykorumburra/

“We’d like everyone to get behind it by buying a pie for the farmers,” said Michelle.

As far as the new business has gone, it’s been ‘so far, so good’ for Michelle.

“I’ve been here for six weeks but officially took over on Monday. It’s been great,” said Michelle.

She’s certainly got a background for retail, customer service and business after holding down as many as three jobs -at-a-time in her home town of Apollo Bay before coming to Korumburra.

In fact in her short time in the business world she’s drawn experience from 25 to 26 jobs including working in a bakery at age 13, over the holidays, in a restaurant, relief milking, working for herd improvement firm HiCo and many others.

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Photo above: The team at Kelly’s Bakery has jumped in to support drought-stricken Aussie farmers with a ‘Pie for the Dry’ day this Sunday, September 2 with all of the proceeds from ‘plain pie’ and cinnamon doughnut sales going to the Drought Angles. Among those supporting the fundraiser are Kelly’s Bakery staff members, from left, Chantelle Aitken, Jayde Miller, Ben Schultz, Ashlee Smith and new Kelly’s Bakery owner Michelle Beggs.